Your chance to comment on review of Monyash conservation area

The people of Monyash have the chance to comment on a review of their conservation area, including a proposed boundary extension.

The Peak District National Park Authority has produced a full appraisal of the conservation area (first designated in 1981), which local people can read, either online or in a paper copy, before giving their views by November 4.

They can also discuss it at a drop-in session with conservation officers on Wed October 19, 4pm-7.30pm, at Monyash Village Hall, Church Street.

As well as considering all the special characteristics that justify Monyash as a conservation area, the appraisal proposes a widening of the boundary to take in a medieval strip field-system that surrounds the village.

Cultural heritage manager Ken Smith said: “This pattern of medieval strip fields, defined by later dry stone walls, is particularly well-preserved and is one of the most distinctive features of Monyash.

“The field-system links the village to the landscape and is of key significance to the village’s historic character: we believe it fully merits inclusion in the conservation area.”

Monyash developed as a farming community, at a crossroads, with a triangular market-place at the centre. From the 14th-19th centuries it also became an important administrative centre for lead-mining in the High Peak.

People can see the Monyash draft conservation area appraisal online at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/caa or at the national park’s headquarters, Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, DE45 1AE (9am-5pm – call 01629 816200 to book a time), or at Monyash Parish Council.

The deadline for comments is Friday November 4. They should be sent (marked for the attention of the Historic Buildings Team) to customer.service@peakdistrict.gov.uk (please include your name and address), or by post to Historic Buildings Team, Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, DE45 1AE.